Prayers, Quips and Quotes: St. Albert Chmielowski, Feast Day June 17




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St. Albert Chmielowski
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The feast day of St. Albert is celebrated on June 17.

St. Albert was born into a wealthy family on August 29, 1845 in Iglomia, Poland , which is near Krakow in 1945. He was the oldest of four children. He was active in politics as a young man. During the war against the Czar Alexander II Adam suffered from wounds which resulted in the amputation of his leg.

Adam had a great talent as an artist. He studied art in Warsaw, Munich and Paris. He was a very kind and compassionate man and decided to give up his life as an artist to join the Secular Franciscans when he returned to Krakow. He took the name Albert when he founded the Brothers of the Third Order of St. Francis, Servants of the Poor, also known as the Albertines. He also founded a community of Albertine Sisters. They organized food and shelter for the poor and homeless. St. Albert died in1916.

Pope John Paul II was inspired by St. Albert while he was serving as a priest. Pope John Paul was active in theater and wrote a play about St. Albert called Our God’s Brother. In 1983, Pope John Paul II beatified St. Albert. On November 12, 1989, Pope John Paul II canonized St. Albert.

 

You go to pray; to become a bonfire,

a living flame, giving light and heat.

 

Quote of St. Josemaria Escriva; Feast day June 26

 

June is the Month of the Sacred Heart.

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